Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA (43)

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen & Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

You may have noticed that the blog was quiet last week.  I needed sometime to just step back and breathe.  As I was speaking with Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks on twitter) this weekend, I realized that I am sort of feeling like I am in that first year or teaching or first year of being a principal again.  In August, I transitioned out of my position as an Elementary Principal and into a position doing Program Support for Instructional Services.  Basically what it means is that I wear a lot of hats.  Some of those hats are very comfortable and I feel confident in what I am doing.  Other hats are requiring that I learn some new skills.  Mix all of that together and I am finding that I am still learning the rhythm for my new position.  Additionally, my reading life is somewhat topsy turvy.

But here are a few title from my recent reading endeavors:


Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin; Illustrated by James Dean - Who doesn't love Pete the Cat?

The Official Book Trailer for Pete the Cat Saves Christmas:





Batman Classic: Batman versus Man-Bat (I Can Read! 2 book) by J.E. Bright: Illustrated by Steven E. Gordon, Eric A. Gordon - I was just curious to see what an I Can Read version of Batman would be like. I kept thinking that with different formatting this would work well for older kids who were struggling to read.


Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Temple Grandin, Sy Montgomery - As part of my goal to read more nonfiction, I picked up Temple Grandin's book.  This biography has lots on Grandin, her work, and about living with autism.


A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez - If you haven't read anything by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, then you should.  I am now looking forward to whatever book she writes next.

What I am currently reading:


After seeing the movie version of Perks of Being a Wallflower, I started to read the book written by Stephen Chbosky.

Official Movie Trailer:


So what are you reading this week?

14 comments:

  1. Oh did you like Perks as a movie? I've read the book, and I like Emma Watson a lot but I was hesitant to go. I'm saving my movie $ for Argo and Breaking Dawn Part 2 (I know, I know, but it's a thing Kate and I do. It's tradition now...)

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  2. I haven't read any of these. I'm reading Pivot Point right now. It's good.

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    1. I haven't heard of Pivot Point but will have to check it out.

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  3. I've never read Perks either. Will be interested to see what you think. I have the Temple Grandin book on my to read shelf in my bedroom but haven't read it yet.

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  4. Alethea and Katherine - I loved the movie but I hadn't read the book so I didn't have anything to compare it with. I downloaded the book right after the movie since I wanted to see how the book is. I thought all of the main actors did a great job, and I would go see it again.

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  5. I'm intrigued with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, my ten year old wanted to read it until a good friend advised me that it isn't suitable for her age yet - any striking difference between the film and the book? I hope I get to read this coming-of-age novel soon. I've also recommended the book of Temple Grandin to most of my teacher-trainees here in Singapore for them to know more about autism. I should pick this one up too for myself.

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    1. I am currently reading the book so I can let you know the differences at some point. But yeah, I wouldn't recommend it for a 10 year old. I probably would have been the kid to read it in 7th grade and been fine but I would recommend it for 8th or 9th grade on up.

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  6. Oh Pete the Cat. Kids in my class are singing his song on a pretty constant basis. I will need to get this Christmas title. I think I will add Perks to my TBR list. It has been on my radar with all the movie buzz. But I want to read it first!

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    1. I think I am glad I didn't read it first. Usually I am disappointed in the movie if I read the book first. Now to finish the book.

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  7. I have the Pete the Cat Christmas book on my nightstand right now. A favorite character with my 3yo :)

    Maria @novalibrarymom.com

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  8. We often read super-hero I Can Read Books at our house, but with my pre-schooler. I agree, if the format was different, more like a graphic novel, it could appeal to older students who struggle with reading.

    I've seen the preview for Perk of Being a Wallflower, but wanted to read the book first, you'll have to let us know what you thought of the book!

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    1. Usually I try to read the book before seeing the movie but a friend wanted to see it. So yes, I will report back.

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  9. I love "topsy turvy" to describe how I feel this year, too! It's interesting the learning curve that comes with a new position. I feel super connected with the department I'm in but it also leaves little time for myself that i was used to before! We made it to October at least. I have a feeling the year will go really fast. :)

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